This is the piece I submitted. I fixed some production/percussion and octave problems since I submitted it (it was muffled and hissy before), but this is the version with a few extra days of touch up.
"Colosseum" is the title, inspired by the Roman Colosseum. The music describes a Middle Eastern slave awakening under the Colosseum, being brought to the wooden elevator and raised into the daylight. He sees the grand theatre, with its billowing canopies (a detail that inspired the composition from watching a Nova episode), and is given to feelings of awe and majesty. He does not know his fate. Soon an animal parade begins, and he watches curiously. As he is fitted with weapons, the tempo quickens as he realises that he is to fight the beasts he has been admiring curiously!
As the slave defends himself with spear and net, he begins to feel the thrill of battle, the grandeur of the Colloseum has enveloped him and is dictating his movements. But the Colloseum has a different fate in mind for our hero, and the battle soon becomes more fearsome. In a final show of aggression and self defense, the slave believes he will defeat the beasts. Just as he feels the most confident and aggressive, he is defeated. All glory and majesty are vanished, as blackness becomes the only reality and the gruesome nature of violence is revealed.